Our Positive Impact
With your donations together we’re funding projects improving living conditions, helping mental health and protecting human rights for many of our world’s most vulnerable people. We can’t thank you enough. Here are just some of the inspiring projects made possible with your donations and our unique support.
Malakasa Refugee camp near athens, greece
“The grant from Donate4Refugees is critical in allowing us to continue supporting a group of unregistered people living inside of Camp Malakasa who, given their lack of status, are not entitled to any support from the authorities running the camp (IOM).
This means these people have no access to food supplies or cash cards which would allow them to purchase their own food. As a result of this, other 'official' residents of the camp have been sharing their own limited supplies with these people.
In March, we started off by doing a distribution once a week but this quickly rose as we came to understand the desperation of the people and the absolute need for our services. Now we are providing a hot meal 5 days a week to everyone in this group. In addition to the increased distribution, the number of people we are supporting has almost doubled. On average we are now serving between 350-450 everyday.”
Vathy refugee camp in samos, greece
“This grant from Donate4Refugees is for two months rent for our newly opened kitchen and restaurant.
As the Donate4Refugees’ team know from their experience on Samos, the food provided by the camp authorities is beyond inadequate. This food is particularly bad for people who vitally need nutrition (e.g. pregnant and breastfeeding women), those with specific dietary requirements, or people unable to wait in the long food lines due to illness, old age or disability. We have begun our project by focusing food provision on these specific target groups.
Except for the three founders, Armonia is run entirely by people form the refugee community as one of our main aims is to empower refugees, teach them valuable skills and give them the means to cook meals from their home countries for others.”
Vial refugee camp in chios, greece
“The grant from Donate4Refugees is sponsoring our popular shopping and cooking activity at our youth centre on Chios for two months. The need is getting even more important as the number of 15-22 year old beneficiaries has increased to 150-200 people thanks to the overcapacity of Vial Camp, now at its highest in almost a year.
For every youth centre shift, a budget of €1 pp is given to plan, purchase and prepare a meal of their choice for their whole group. Additionally, we purchase a certain amount of spices (salt, pepper etc...) and dry products (rice, oil...etc) in bigger quantities every month. The opportunity for choice and to cook communally helps with budget and time management and creates a familiar social setting with up for 12 nationalities sat round one table eating together in one session. We also work with local partners and suppliers to build connections into the local economy.”
Warehouse relocation in athens, greece
“Thank you to the UK #LOVEoutLOUD collaboration [including Donate4Refugees] for funding one container of aid each to Lesvos and Samos, and 11 pallets of aid to Chios, in support of our warehouse close and down-size in Athens.
As is well known, our old Elliniko airport is in the process of delivery to investors for regeneration. After almost 4 years of hosting us at the airport basketball stadium, it's time to move to a new warehouse, to continue from there the collection of humanitarian aid from all over the world and its distribution across Greece where refugees live, but also locals in need. In the meantime we continue the evacuation of the warehouse with missions mainly towards the islands.”
housing extremely vulnerable in athens, greece
Thank you so so much! I have been out with CRIBS in Athens and we were racking our brains trying to find a solution to this crisis. So glad we could ask you guys, such a huge impact.
Note: Donate4Refugees doesn’t often support housing, but sometimes an exception simply has to be made.
“Receiving your grant is such a huge relief. We can now keep Simin safe for a whole year. Simin is a single, disabled Iranian woman who is having a baby very soon. She had polio as a child and uses crutches. She is in need of a wheelchair as well. The flat we have housed her in is being returned to the landlord as it’s being sold and her next accommodation fell through. She needs a little extra per month for hidden costs of being disabled e.g. difficulty in going to cheaper markets, using public transport and more.”
Moria camp in Lesvos & Vathy Camp in Samos, Greece
“Thank you Donate4Refugees for supporting us with fuel costs on Lesvos and Samos for these three months.
Transporting donations from arrival on the island to warehouse and warehouse to distribution is impossible without our vehicles. Same for making sure our volunteers can get from the house to where they’re needed - in the warehouse, free shops and in our activities like Mandala Safe Space for Children beside Moria, or our cinema nights for children by Vathy. Without our vehicles we can’t do any of our work.
We don’t know how many people exactly we help, but we try to help as many as possible. There are now more than 10,000 people in Moria, and nearly 5,000 in Vathy. Both are dangerously over-capacity.”
Safe house in sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
“What fantastic news, really glad to hear that we’ve received the grant we asked for! Thank you Donate4Refugees!
The 20 families in our safe house benefit from help with medical costs through a foundation that supports us but unfortunately this has never covered dentistry costs which are a considerable amount of our monthly budget (around a third out of a 1400 KM/£640 monthly budget for ad hoc costs). Your grant will cover the most urgent dental work, which usually entails removal of teeth and major, painful cavities.
Lately, we have had an especially large amount of dental appointment among our long term residents, hence we are especially grateful for help for the next three months to tie us over during the summer months.”
Refugees in Athens, Greece
Thank you so so much! From everyone here at RLS we truly appreciate this and your fantastic partnership.
Before receiving Donate4Refugees’ grant we were in an emergency with funding and confronted with the real possibility that we would have to close the clinic meaning disaster for our clients.
A large part of our work is with vulnerable unaccompanied minors and young people, keeping them away from traffickers and into new lives and brighter futures. And we take on complicated and specialised family reunification cases.
Since we began in 2017 we have taken on over 500 cases, many of which are family units encompassing 4 or 5 children. This year alone we have worked on nearly 100 cases.”
perigiala refugee camp in kavala, greece
“Donate4Refugees are supporting our premises rent and utility bills for the next two months. This means our vital support projects, English classes and workshop space are secured for this time. Without these spaces our projects cannot happen, so it is a wonderful contribution to our mission.
Through generosity like this we are enthused and given confidence that the relief we offer to those who need it most, will sustain. Thank you Donate4Refugees, we are excited about all we may be able to achieve together."
Amyggdaleza detention centre, greece
“A big THANK YOU goes to Donate4Refugees, Together100 and the Golden Chopsticks Awards for financing the purchase of 387 pairs of flip flops for the guys in Amyggdaleza detention centre. Last summer we received photos of refugees in ‘shoes’ made of pieces of cardboard and string. This year there was no excuse to wait for shocking pictures. Amyggdalezza has over 600 ‘inmates’, with an estimated 4000 spread across the 6 other centres.
Conditions vary from unfit for human habitation ( Council of Europe) to ‘ below common EU standards outlined in the Dublin Agreement’.”
athens camps, greece
“Yesterday, we lent 18 books and took 13 returns. We had our Greek and English practice at Victoria Square Project and afterwards Aliki, a Greek teacher and librarian extraordinaire was able to fix one of our broken book boxes using another one of her hidden talents - carpentry! Then the library headed to Steps project for more reading and board games until food was served at 9. Today we are South of Athens around the Lavrio area, where we are visiting three camps. A huge thanks for Donate4Refugees for supporting all our running costs for two months.”
Moria refugee camp, lesvos, greece
“Our first vegetables are starting to grow in Mandala Child-Friendly Space! We created vertical gardens with the kids 🌱. And a few weeks ago we organized with Blue Mountain Permaculture Institute and people from the camp to build a swale; a technique to slow, spread and sink rainwater to irrigate the soil on our land and avoid puddles so Mandala can be used all year long. We planted specific vegetables that will grow roots, stabilize the soil and fix the nitrogen to improve the quality of the soil. Thanks to Donate4Refugees, Together100 and Golden Chopsticks Awards for your support ❤️.”
kara tepe reception centre, lesvos, greece
“We are happy to announce the start of a new project in Kara Tepe! We are distributing ice packs to every family so they can keep their food cold for the coming summer months, especially now during the month of Ramadan. In 5 days, we were able to distribute 2,350 ice packs!! Thank you to our incredible team of volunteers who have worked very hard over the last week. We would also like to thank Donate4Refugees, Together100 and the Golden Chopsticks Awards. With their support we were able to purchase freezers, fridges and hundreds of ice packs to keep this project running!”
homeless, caen/ouistreham, france
“We are so grateful for this new friendship with Donate4Refugees. This week we managed to meet up and chat together with Amber, sharing stories about our shared heart to provide a welcome for so many refugees seeking safety and a future. Partnership is so important, together we can be so much more. Excited to see where this leads. Thank you Donate4Refugees for your encouragements. And thank you Donate4Refugees, Together100 and the Golden Chopsticks Awards for your recent donation for food.”
vial refugee camp, chios, greece
“We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our friends at Donate4Refugees for the recent Ramadan grant. With this fund we were able to split boxes of dates to make up 550 family sized packs to distribute to approximately 1800 people in Vial camp, Chios. Ruhi Loren was there for this final Ramadan distribution and she says ‘I realised how important the dates were to the people when many asked me when they would get ‘tamar’ (dates) again. I told them ‘bukra InshaAllah’ meaning tomorrow God willing.’ Thank you to everyone at Donate4Refugees.”
Moria refugee camp, lesvos, greece
In the beginning, the carpenters were afraid that the treehouse looks like a guard tower. So we came up with the idea that it should become a place for bird watching. Lesvos is one of the best locations in Europe for bird watching. This helps assimilate Mandala to the local culture and allow kids to learn through play. A few days later the kids were allowed to discover their new treehouse and already found all the imaginable ways to access to the floors! As always we really want to thank the people who make this possible… all the volunteers (including the carpenters!) and Donate4Refugees.”
vocational training, athens, greece
“We are happy to share with you some news about the advanced photography course that Omar is teaching for one month now.
This "still life" course is an opportunity for the students to learn how to take professional photos of products and how to deal with specialised equipment for the studio.
Special thanks to Donate4Refgugees, our partner supporting the IT & Media Department 🙂”
refugee youth club, london, UK
“A big thank you to Donate4Refugees for supporting Injera Club with the cost of ingredients for home-cooked Eritrean food. Injera Club runs every week and we have between 30 and 40 attendees each week – young asylum-seekers and refugees age 14-21 mostly from the Horn of Africa. We have sports, games, pool, table tennis... and most importantly a homely meal of Injera!
“We really appreciate your support and the support of all your fundraisers.”
women’s education, athens, greece
Halcyon Days is a female-only centre for refugees in Athens. Action for Education offer snacks to ensure participants learn with the energy they need and to offer a chance to build friendships in between lessons. Donate4Refugees’ funding is providing snacks for four months.
refugee community centre, london, uk
“Thank you so much to Donate4Refugees for the generous grant towards our venue rental each Sunday. We are a community and education centre open Sundays from 3pm to 7pm providing English and IT lessons, social activities, emotional supoprt and help with paperwork and cases. We are so grateful!”
unregistered in malakasa camp, greece
foodKIND have gained permission from camp authorities to provide the only food to over 200 refugee men, women and children who are camped, unsupported, outside the Malakasa Refugee Camp. Donate4Refugees’ funding is providing food for three months.
vathy refugee camp, samos, greece
“We are in Samos trying to improve the living conditions of the people living in the camp. When we saw that all the people were living in tiny tent we decided to take action and change it. We started to provide tents and tarps to protect them from the rain and create a warm space to live. Until now we have built around 150 tents and this has improved the living conditions of around 700 people. Thank you to Donate4Refugees for your contribution to this project.”
Refugee 4 Refugees, February 2019
vocational training, athens, greece
“Our workshop has been busy this term with classes in carpentry, jewellery, silk-screen printing, roofing and metalwork. New students are gaining the tools to focus on their own projects and they are also acquiring work orders. We will hold a marketing workshop this week with students from the workshop to train people in using different online platforms, photographing their products, and creating a portfolio. Big thanks to Donate4Refugees for supporting the workshop this term and making it possible for us to sustain and run all of our courses for our students!”
Moria refugee camp, lesvos, greece
“We received a lot of messages telling us that people who arrived on the island for weeks and even months are still dressed in the same clothes. To help these emergency cases we collaborated with community representatives to distribute tickets to these people. We then open our shop for these persons only. We can't open yet for everybody because we have limited quantity but we still can help some families with the few clothes that we have. We couldn’t do all this work without the support of Donate4Refugees - so thank you once again for all your support! You are amazing! ❤️”
moria camp, lesvos, Greece
Refugee 4 Refugees are providing daily education, activities and a safe place to play benefiting around 250 of the youngest children living in the Moria Refugee Camp, thanks to our funding 12 months’ rent for the land.
One Human Race provided a months’ essential groceries and other household needs to several vulnerable families and marginalised young male refugees in Athens, thanks to our support.
Mobile Refugee Support distributed critical aid like tents and sleeping bags, along with practical help like wifi and mobile phone charging, to help up to 500 homeless male refugees in northern France throughout the cold month of February, thanks to our support.
The ANKAA Project is training 40 refugee students in jewellery-making, construction and carpentry during two months, thanks to our funding the materials needed for these practical courses.
vial camp, Chios, Greece
Refugee Biryani and Bananas are sending a container of aid to Chios and Samos full of new socks, boxers, jogging bottoms, hoodies and t-shirts to provide much-needed clothes to over 3000 refugees, thanks to fundraising in partnership with Donate4Refugees.
Project Play provided imaginative play and activity sessions to 70 refugee children across four locations in northern France thanks to our funding fuel and travel costs for the volunteers to cover the 735kms every week for a month.
FORGE for Humanity are providing critical support to the often overlooked and marginalised male refugees in and around Athens. They can do this from their modest offices in the city centre thanks to our supporting their rent, bills and a simple breakfast for six months.
We’re delighted to send £2,500 to the Asylum Seekers Information Services Team’ (ASsIST) on Chios to pay two full-time interpreters from within the refugee community. Their services will assist many others understand the process and prepare for the critical interview that will decide their future.
Thanks to a partnership between MRS, Donate4Refugees and Get Connected this generates a little over £2,000 each month for MRS helping to cover rental of their volunteer house and critical warehouse which enables Charlie, Jed and the team to provide essential help to homeless refugees every single day.
vathy camp, Samos, greece
Refugee 4 Refugees are operating the only aid distribution centre for more than 2000 refugee women and children thanks to our funding the warehouse rent and bills for six months. These kids were SO happy with their new winter woollies!
Thanks to a brilliant donation of £2,000 from our friends at People Not Borders, volunteers from the refugee community in Athens, Thessaloniki and Lesvos could be quickly mobilised to help urgently in Samos. This donation paid for rental, basic furnishing and heaters, for the volunteer house.
We support Refugee Childrens’ Centres with a dedicated fundraising page. Most recently, your donations have enabled us to send £1,200 which will be helping to fund the School Bus Project bringing much needed education and activities to the refugee children in Dunkirk and Calais.
Thanks to one of our generous supporters, two families in Athens receive extra financial help each month at a given time. We’re happy to say two such families have been able to continue into Europe to start their new lives. And two more families are receiving the much-needed help.
We funded a month’s fuel for the minibus used by volunteers on Lesvos to collect and drop-off the families from Moria Refugee Camp and bring them to the warehouse “free shop” distribution centre. Here the families can choose some much-needed new clothes.
phone credits for refugees
We support the Phone Credits for Refugees group with a dedicated fundraising page. Each month we’re able to forward at least £1,000 of your donations to buy credit for refugees. This means vulnerable people accessing vital information and help, as well as contacting their loved ones.
Together with three regional UK refugee groups we give monthly support to Mobile refugee Support (MRS) to help ‘keep the wheels turning’ on their critical services for refugees. Together we’re covering unavoidable expenses like toll roads, fuel, and van maintenance.
Together with Side by Side for Refugees we give monthly support to Paris Refugee Ground Support (PRGS) to help ‘keep the wheels turning’ on their critical distributions of tents, blankets and much more, to refugees on Paris’ streets. Together covering unavoidable expenses like toll roads, fuel, and van maintenance.
2018 - Making a difference
We filled these gaps in humanitarian aid
Athens - CRIBS International
We funded rent and bills for shared apartments for refugee families with a pregnant woman, or a woman alone with a small baby, to have a place to call their own and a quiet space to recover from the recent birth, close to medical facilities
Calais - refugee info bus
In December we helped volunteer Sarah and the Refugee Info Bus team take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge by pledging £500 towards doubling donations made. This funding means they can continue their legal education, advocacy and collaborative journalism together with people displaced in Europe.
chios - action for education
We funded a month’s ingredients and supplies at this volunteer kitchen feeding 125 participating camp children who cook and practice skills, and receive a hot, nutritious meal twice a week. “At the Youth Centre we sat around the table for lunch with 11 nationalities represented where food and community were our common language.”
samos - samos volunteers
We funded the rent for the Samos Volunteers’ laundry station helping 1500 people thoroughly wash their clothes. It’s considered one of the most important projects since there are no other laundry facilities despite bacteria, bed bugs, scabies and lice being prevalent in camp.
chios - refugee biryani and bananas
We helped towards a critical food distribution to the 2000 residents of Vial Refugee Camp in Chios. Food is always one of the most wanted items in camp because the food supplied by the authorities is poor and people can’t afford to buy their own.
Athens - FORGE for Humanity
“Thank you Donate4Refugees, and all your donors, for financing our office space. Working together as a community to help as many people as possible 💙💙 is one of the things that makes this work so enjoyable.”
- Ale and Jess, FORGE for Humanity
bosnia - collective aid
Thanks to a large corporate donation, from Coupa Software, and being their partner charity at a major London Conference, we bought, packed and shipped 1,000 thermal snug packs for our grassroots partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina for immediate distribution to homeless refugees.
athens - ankaa project
We helped grassroots training centre, the ANKAA Project, install and equip a working space to train up to 20 refugees per month in barista, bar-tending, customer service, stock control and front-of-house management to get them work-ready in the Greek hospitality industry.
chios - choose humanity
We funded six months’ office space for volunteer lawyers in Chios to hold confidential interviews, with up to 50 refugee clients per month. Clients need help understanding and navigating the complicated processes preparing for a first or second asylum interview.
Paris - Paris Refugee Ground Support
We helped provide thermal snug packs comprising long johns, a t-shirt, gloves, socks, snood and hat, for volunteers Heather and Kelvin to distribute to homeless refugees surviving freezing conditions on the Paris streets.
lesvos - refugee4refugees
We helped grassroots volunteers in Lesvos save over 1.000€ per month on minivan hire by buying a minivan which they use to transport up to 150 refugees a day from Moria Refugee Camp to their clothes distribution centre.
lesvos - refugee4refugees
We funded six months rent for volunteers in Lesvos to open a much-needed new clothes distribution warehouse for the people of Moria Camp. As winter approached, this was the only distribution centre where the people could choose clothes for themselves with dignity like in a normal shop.
calais - rCK
We helped volunteers provide hot meals for refugees in Calais and Dunkirk.
“Big thanks to Donate4Refugees for the grant which was promptly spent on vegetables used to make nourishing, delicious meals a few days later." - Cecelia, Volunteer
bosnia - house of all
We helped cover the cost of emergency medical bills and food costs at House of All, a shelter for families with infants/small children, single parents, elderly, and severely ill people, sheltering 75 - 100 people at any one time.
lesvos - legal centre
We helped volunteer lawyers in Lesvos continue their vital services protecting legal rights and fighting injustices for refugee and asylum seekers by helping with running costs like printing, refugee travel and court fees.
Athens - one human race
We funded flip-flops, t-shirts, sleeping bags and more for young Syrian-Kurdish men and boys. Left with nowhere else to go they were homeless and sleeping in a park when Rando met them and had to help.
Lesvos - Showers for Sisters
We funded six urgently needed washing machines for a new women and children-only shower facility near Moria Camp in Lesvos. The women are able to do their washing whilst they shower and in the evening the towels are washed ready for the next day.
lesvos - emergency
We sent emergency funds in response to hearing… “Fights in Moria Camp yesterday mean we are in an emergency situation. We need your help to provide water, food, emergency equipment, shelter and transportation to several thousand people.”
athens - one human race
We funded dates for Ramadan.
“Much like the Christmas period, food plays a central part to all Muslims observing the fast, as the evening meal, Ifthar, is a much bigger occasion than the evening meal during the rest of the year and is very social.”
lesvos - refugee 4 refugees
We funded three month’s rent of a clothes distribution warehouse opposite Moria Refugee Camp where volunteers served hundreds of people every day, distributing donated clothes and toiletries fairly and introducing as much choice as was feesible.
lesvos - house of humanity
We paid for the rent at the House of Humanity in Lesvos. Here they distributed food, clothes and shoes to refugees brought over by mini bus from Moria Camp. The centre offered a calm escape from camp life as well as much-needed aid.
chios - refugee biriyani & bananas
We funded firewood for the people of Vial Refugee Camp.
“Fire wood provides much-needed heat, light and the means to cook. And it also provides a sense of community and why you’ll always see small groups gathered around fires.”